Greenwoods were appointed as the Quantity Surveyor advising Blackpool Council on the restoration works required on the iconic Blackpool Winter Gardens.
This grade 2* listed entertainment complex was, and still is, an enormous Victorian pleasure palace in the centre of the town, a Mecca for tourists and theatergoers for generations.
The complex includes the original Victorian winter gardens, a 3000 seat opera house, the smaller Pavillion theatre, a large exhibition space, a number of bars and restaurants and the iconic Empress Ballroom.
Although in constant use and still a popular venue today, the building was in a poor state of repair externally. Initially we worked with building surveyors Jubb and Jubb to provide cost advice on an extensive condition survey and complete measured survey of the building. Repair works required included plaster restoration, brickwork, reroofing, cast iron frames and glazing restoration. Much of the façade is terracotta tile which was in a serious state of disrepair. Specialist investigation works were carried out to assess the best approach to remedial works and to enable accurate costing of the façade repair work. Similarly the Pavillion roof is a Victorian cast iron glazed atrium ‘horseshoe’ which needed extensive restoration in advance of a larger HLF project to provide a new museum within the Winter Gardens complex.
Subsequently we worked with the Council to progress individual repair projects, including the restoration of the large glazed ‘Spanish Hall’ roof. As well as cost and programme advice we assited the Council in preparing funding applications to Historic England and other grant making bodies.
Blackpool Winter Gardens – Various Projects
Various – combined value £13million. Phase 1 £7million